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Ohio University loses ground in week eight of RecycleMania

ATHENS, Ohio (April 4, 2005) -- RecycleMania has two more weeks left and things are getting interesting at the top of the standings. The Bobcats lost ground to fourth-place Oregon State University. Going into last week, the Bobcats trailed the Beavers by just .16 pounds per student living on campus, but Oregon State posted an impressive spring break weight of 6.28 compared to Ohio's 5.01.

The result is, Ohio University remains fifth with a total weight of 43.81 pounds, preceded by fourth-place Oregon State University (45.24).

At the top of the standings, defending champion Miami University (53.11) recaptured first place from the University of Oregon (50.51) by outperforming the Ducks last week, 5.79 to 1.62 pounds per student, respectively. Bowling Green State University, the 2002 and 2003 champion of RecycleMania, is a solid third with 46.06 pounds.

In the all-campus recycling competition, Ohio University improved to 12th out of 28 schools with 26.65 percent of its total waste recycled. California State University San Marcos leads the competition with a recycling rate of 43.30 percent. Tufts University is second with 40.21, followed by Kalamazoo College (35.70).

"Our spring break recycling number was not bad," said Ohio University Director of Refuse and Recycling Ed Newman. "I need to find out how Oregon State did so well during its spring break, but the bottom line is our campus needs to step it up the last two weeks. In the all-campus recycling competition, I'm very happy that we have been moving up in the standings each week and we're the highest-ranked Ohio school."

The primary goal of RecycleMania is to increase awareness about recycling and involve the entire campus in the university's recycling program. Studies have shown that university and college residence and dining halls typically generate 30 to 70 percent of a campus' total waste, half of which is recyclable.

The institution that recycles the most pounds per student living on campus during the 10-week showdown is the winner. The winning school of the residence hall competition will receive the RecycleMania trophy and a congratulatory half-page ad in all of the other participating schools' newspapers. The winner of the all-campus recycling competition will receive the Bowling Pin Character from Junk Trophy.

For more information, visit www.recyclemaniacs.org

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Media Contacts: Ohio University Refuse and Recycling Manager Ed Newman, (740) 593-0460, or Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

Editors: A photo of the RecycleMania first-place trophy can be found at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/RECYCLEMANIA.JPG

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